Exploring men's issues, masculine psychology, and recovery from abuse via poetry, essay, and art
"A true thought leader in the field of masculine psychology and men's issues." - Dan Bolton
"A respected and thoughtful voice in the public conversations about masculinity." - Christine Walker
"A rare man of sensitivity, insight, and healing wisdom about trauma." - Ross Rosenberg
My name is Rick Belden. Welcome to my website. I hope you find some material here that's helpful to you in your own process of self-exploration, healing, and growth. On this page, you'll find some summary information about me, my background, and my work as it's represented on this site.
I've been writing for most of my life and exploring the use of creative expression, dreamwork, personal mythology, and listening to the body as tools for self-healing since 1989. My book, Iron Man Family Outing: Poems about Transition into a More Conscious Manhood, is widely used in the United States and internationally by therapists, counselors, and men's groups as an aid in the exploration of masculine psychology and men's issues, and as a resource for men who grew up in dysfunctional, abusive, or neglectful family systems.
My poetry and essays have appeared on numerous websites around the world, reaching an international audience of many thousands of men and women. My essay "I am a Highly Sensitive Man" has been reposted in German, Dutch, Swedish, and Persian translations. Some of my other popular essays include:
My work has also been featured in multiple books, including:
I've been a featured interview guest on popular shows such as:
I am a member of the Communities Advisory Board for New Male Studies, an online interdisciplinary journal hosted by the Australian Institute of Male Health and Studies for research and discussion of issues facing boys and men worldwide, and a member of the Editorial Board of the ManKind Project Journal.
In addition to my ongoing activities as a writer, I've been working in the information technology field for over 25 years as a software engineer/designer/developer, systems analyst, business analyst, and consultant for numerous organizations in both public and private sectors. I live in Austin, Texas.
Philosophy and Vision
It’s always been my intention and my heartfelt desire that my work would provide transformational opportunities for others as well as for myself. I’m thankful to have the chance to reach new people and, hopefully, contribute to their growth and healing in some way.
Motivation, Intention, and Purpose
In a September 2009 interview with Dr. Chris Blazina on his weekly program The Secret Lives of Men, I spoke about some of the factors that motivated and inspired me to write Iron Man Family Outing:
"I was really moved to do a lot of this because I’d been in men’s groups and I’d seen men talk about things in ways that I’d never seen men talk before. I had close friends, we never talked like that, we never shared our emotions with one another. It wasn’t safe to do it. So I was really inspired by that ... to give the opportunity, the permission, and as I said, maybe a pattern or a template or a map for other men that feel ready to go a little deeper into themselves and find out what’s there."
Comments from Readers
His work contradicts many of the deeply held stereotypes of men.
His stunning imagery will shake your assumptions about the male psyche.
He expresses for many men the heartfelt emotions that they have experienced but never openly recognized.
He is the voice many men would wish that they could have - if they weren't avoiding it or stuffing it to deal with later.
Shows that men can talk about their pain in a variety of ways.
Gives words to men that we have not had before.
An insight into the masculine underground.
I thought you should know, your article changed my life.
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